The FINANCIAL — Boeing and Sriwijaya Air on June 16 announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes during a signing ceremony at the Paris Air Show.
The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Orders and Deliveries website, marks the first all-new airplane purchase for the Indonesian airline and included a letter of intent to exercise options for up to 20 additional 737 airplanes, according to Boeing.
“Today is a historic moment for Sriwijaya Air as we purchase our first new airplanes,” said Chandra Lie, president of Sriwijaya Air. “Since our beginning, the 737 has been the backbone of our fleet and with its reliability, efficiency and lower maintenance and operating costs, there was no better choice for us than the 737 as we continue to grow.”
Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air is the country’s third largest carrier. The airline operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737 airplanes and offers flights to various Indonesian destinations as well as a few international cities.
“Boeing and Sriwijaya Air have been partners in aviation for more than 10 years and we are delighted that the airline has chosen the 737-900ER for its first all-new airplane purchase,” said John Wojick, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “These new 737s will help Sriwijaya Air continue to expand its network while carrying more passengers in greater comfort and with superior economics. We look forward to finalizing the additional 737s with this great airline in the future.”
The Boeing 737-900ER is the newest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family. It has the highest capacity and lowest seat-mile cost of Boeing’s single-aisle family.